New Jersey’s current education finance law, the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) of 2008, is based on the principle that state aid will “follow the child.” Yet today, almost two-thirds of New Jersey’s school districts receive less state funding than the SFRA formula says they should. Approximately 100 of these school districts fall into the category of “severely underfunded.”

A variety of factors has led to this situation. But the fact is that, for far too many school districts, current state aid does not recognize their enrollment growth over the past decade, as well as other factors.

In May, NJSBA will sponsor two regional forums designed to help school board members from “underfunded” districts advocate for the state aid their students deserve.

Topics include:

  • School funding issues – 2018-2019
  • How to engage communities in school funding advocacy
  • Techniques for communicating with legislators
  • Successful advocacy practices to use…and missteps to avoid

The programs run from 6:30 – 8 p.m., with registration and a light dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

The program offers two Board Member Academy Credits.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:30 – 8 p.m.
West Orange High School
51 Conforti Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052

Register Now

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Brookside Elementary School
370 Buckelew Avenue
Jamesburg, NJ 08831

Register Now

For more information, contact Ray Pinney, Director, Member Engagement.

 

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